We are now thoroughly in the midst of a watershed moment for civil rights in the United States. The internet, cell phones, and social media have mobilized a growing movement for social change in response to the deaths of so many young and often unarmed black people. In this new Civil Rights Era, leaders are raising their voices with determination and hope. Check out the … Continue reading #TeachNatGeo: 5 Civil Rights Leaders Today
Do your students know the names of the streets they take to get to school? Chances are, they may know some of the road names on their routes, but they may not know the history behind their names. This week, ask your students to take a closer look at the street signs they pass every day. Do they know the significance behind the names? The … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: The Street Fight for Martin Luther King, Jr.
February is Black History Month, and this winter’s celebration will include a special focus on the 50th anniversary of the 1961 Freedom Rides. We are excited to join the Smithsonian Institution, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Verizon Thinkfinity in commemorating this historical landmark with a National Youth Summit webcast, which will air live on February 9, 2011, 12:00pm (EST).
Freedom Rides veterans Diane Nash, Jim Zwerg, and Reverend James Lawson will share how they became involved in the Freedom Rides and how their lives were affected by them. They will join filmmaker Stanley Nelson (writer, producer, and director of the new PBS documentary Freedom Riders) and scholar Raymond Arsenault to discuss the meaning of the Freedom Rides and the role of young people in shaping America’s past and future. Students across the country can join together electronically for this summit on the Freedom Rides and activism.